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Five-car accident slows commute in Suffolk

A five-car accident has slowed traffic on the

A five-car accident has slowed traffic on the Long Island Expressway Tuesday morning. (Dec. 15, 2009)

A five-car accident closed three lanes of the westbound Long Island Expressway just east of Exit 51 for more than an hour Tuesday, causing huge delays for morning commuters.

The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office said rescue was notified, indicating there were injuries in the accident at Deer Park Avenue in East Half Hollow Hills. However, it was still not clear by midmorning how serious those injuries were, a spokeswoman said.

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The crash occurred at 6:41 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation. It closed the HOV, left and center lanes. Only the right lane remained open through the area, which is near the Carll's Straight Path overpass.

That caused a massive traffic backup that stretched back past Exit 53. The road was fully reopened at 7:55 a.m., the sheriff's office said.

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